Last year’s Gandy Dancer Fly-in brought in almost 4,000 people to the Burnett County Airport. This year’s fly-in, held on July 20, organizers hope to have even more.
Fly-In coordinator Dave Basten sat down with the Sentinel to give an overview of what to expect this year.
The day will start with the Ag Club wild rice pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. The Lions Club will be selling brats at the fly-in and there will also be tacos and sandwiches available for purchase later in the day.
Then the planes start coming in.
Pilots will be arriving the week leading up to the fly-in, but Basten has planned a number of special fly-in attendees before the airshow starts at noon.
Some of those specialty planes are the T6 - a World War II plane, the Skyraider - a plane used in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Basten said the Skyraider has a large engine that is sure to produce a lot of noise.
Another big draw is the Howard planes. These aircrafts were built in the 1930s and 1940s.
“They are big, loud and just beautiful planes,” Basten said.
He promised that the F16 flyover is going to be special.
After the flyover there will be sky divers and then the air show begins.
Pilots from the air show include Susan Dacy, Dave Scott, Grant Nielson, Craig Gifford and the Vanguard Squadron.
The airshow received a grant from the Burnett County Tourism Coalition along with a check from the Siren Chamber of Commerce. With the help of that money and local sponsors the event is free to attend with no one having to pay for parking.
Basten expects up to 100 local businesses to sponsor the event. He added that all the volunteers
“It’s a full day of good family entertainment,” Basten said. “This event shows the value of the airport. There will be a mechanic there to answer anyone’s questions about the planes. There will also be plenty of pilots there.”
Basten said people will be able to go up in the plane with one of the pilots for a fee.
“Lots of people work very hard throughout the year,” Basten said. “We really want it to be a great event for the whole county to enjoy.”